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Events, Classes, and Current Activities

Office Hours.
Spring 2022, Wednesdays, 3-4 at the Free Speech Cafe, Berkeley Campus, and by appointment. Contact me for a Zoom link.
NB: Beginning in fall 2017 I will be the Director of the Doreen M. Townsend Center for the Humanities at Berkeley. You can contact me there.


Spring 2022:  Comparative Literature 298, special study on early modern poetry.  Tuesdays 5:00.

Townsend Center Senior Thesis Workshop, TBA. 



Recent Teaching:

Fall 2021:  Comparative Literature 20:  "The Good Life" MWF, 1-2.

Beginning October 11, "The Songs and Poetry of Leonard Cohen," Stanford Continuing Studies Program,

Spring 2021:  French 220, "Montaigne."

Fall 2020:  Comp Lit 20, "Shakespeare and the World"

  Comp Lit 24:  "Read a Classic: Cervantes's 'Don Quixote'"

Spring 2020:  Comp Lit 190, "Writing About Words and Music."

Fall 2018: Comparative Literature 215: Literature and Letters in the Renaissance
With Victoria Kahn.
Fall 2017: Shakespeare and the World, Comp Lit 20
Spring 2017: Comp Lit 215, The Baroque
Fall 2016: French 43: French Culture and the History of Emotion.
Spring 2016: Rabelais and His Friends: Humanism, the Humanities, and the Fate of Reading.
Fall 2015: Literature and the Age of Exploration
Fall 2013: Comparative Literature 24: Bob Dylan and Arthur Rimbaud: Poetry and the Senses
French 220: Renaissance Literature: Topics in Renaissance Literature: Travel and Writing.

Various Speaking Gigs.

June 2022, Keynote, "Bob Dylan and the Beat Generation," at the Bob Dylan Center, University of Tulsa. 

April 2022, "Bob Dylan and the Muses," Florida International University, Miami, FL.

April 2022, "Laughter, Exile, Silence:  The Humanities and the Fate of Reading," Meyerson Research Lecture, UC Berkeley.

February 28, 2022, "Bob Dylan and Mediterranean Cultural Geographies," University of Aix-en-Provence, France

October 22, 2021, "Dante After Dante," Commonwealth Club, SF

October 28, 2021, "Five Things I've Learned Listening to Bob Dylan," Five Things I've Learned Series.-Videocast

March 2021:  Oxford Seminar on Diplomacy. Day and time TBD.

November 2020, Interview on "New Books on the Performing Arts" Podcast.

September 22, 2020, "How To Academy," London (via Zoom), interview about Bob Dylan.

February 13, 2020:  "Bob Dylan Between Words and Music," Stanford University.

June 2-10, 2019: teaching at Workshop on Translation, Linguistics, and Literature, Villa Finaly, Florence, Italy.

May 4, 2019:  Dialogue with Greil Marcus on Bob Dylan, Bay Area Book Festival, Berkeley, CA.

May 2, 2019:  Stanford University Poetics Group, speaking about Bob Dylan's poetics.

April 24, 2019:  Heyday Books, Berkeley.
April 18, 2019: book event for "Bob Dylan's Poetics," Mrs. Dalloway's Books, Berkeley, CA.
April 17, 2019: book chat for "Bob Dylan's Poetics," Townsend Humanities Center, noon.
April 11, 2019: book launch for "Bob Dylan's Poetics," City Lights Books, San Francisco, in dialogue with Dean Wareham.
April 9, 2019: book event for "Bob Dylan's Poetics," Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.
April, 8, 2019: book event for "Bob Dylan's Poetics," Labyrinth Bookshop, Princeton, NJ, with Nigel Smith.
April 2, 2019: Museum of the American Author, Chicago, IL.
March 2019: Renaissance Society of America, Toronto, speaking on Marguerite de Navarre's Heptameron and the construction of character.
March 17-19, 2019: Renaissance Society of America, Toronto, roundtable on Early Modern Diplomacy and Culture.
March 13, 2019: Conversation with Anthony Long about his book, "How to Be Free," Townsend Center, UC Berkeley.
September 2019: "First Lecture" in Humanities at UC Berkeley's "Bear Orientation," on Bob Dylan.
June 2018: "Montaigne on Conversation," Commonwealth Club, San Francisco
May 2018: Commencement Address, Languages and Literatures, UC Berkeley
Dahlem Humanities Lecture, "Bob Dylan Between Poetry and Music," Free University of Berlin
September 2017: On Shakespeare's "Henry VIII and linguistic politics" at "Global Reformation" conference, University of Toronto.
May 2017: "Montaigne's Gaiety," UC Irvine French Department.
October 2016: "Ratification and Tragic Form," USC.
September 19, 2015: "Dylan's Visions of Vision," UC Berkeley English Department
June 6 2015: "Lyric Romanesque," talk at the "Atelier Franco/Américain" Renaissance Workshop, Paris, Sorbonne.
May 2015: Lecture and workshop at University of Copenhagen.
March 2015: Renaissance Society of America, Berlin, speaking about "The Aesthetics of the Cease Fire."